WASHINGTON — A Yazidi woman who serves in Iraq’s parliament is expressing her disappointment in the Obama administration over its lack of aid to refugees in the country, sharing a number of gruesome accounts of the suffering in the nation, including that ISIS allegedly fed a hungry mother her own son’s body.
Vian Dakhil recently sat down with Politico in Washington to talk about the refugee crisis, specifically among Yazidis.
“We have 3,000 girls who are kidnapped in ISIS and we have 1,000 children between 3 to 10 years who are separated from their families and kept in the special school,” she said. “We don’t know what happened to those children, sometimes we see photos about those children, the girls with the black scarf with the hijab, and the boys with the scarf [gestures to head], they learn how to fight.”
Dakhil, who has helped to rescue refugees herself, said that she wrote to Michelle Obama to ask for help, but did not receive a response.
She told the story of a woman who watched her own daughter be raped by ISIS, and then be left to bleed to death.
Dakhil, shedding tears during the interview, also recalled a horrifying account that was relayed to her by a woman who was told by ISIS that the meat in her meal was the body of her toddler son.
“One of the mothers calls me … She said, ‘For two days the ISIS doesn’t give me any food’ and they separated her children. One of them is three years and another is five years, after two days they give her rice with meat. After she’s eating, they tell her this is your boy—three years,” Dakhil said.
“She tells me, ‘Please, I can’t. I don’t know what can I do. I’m eating my son,'” she continued. “This is what happened with those women under ISIS control and nobody cares.”
Dakhil mourned the lack of intervention and aid in Iraq from the U.S. government.
“This is I say to Mr. Obama, ‘Do you agree with [this]? A woman—she ate her son.'”
As previously reported, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom outlined in its annual report issued earlier this year that in 2014, ISIS issued an ultimatum that non-Muslims living in captured cities must “convert to Islam, leave …, pay a tax or face death.” The threat prompted hundreds of thousands to flee the region for safety.
Reports now place the number of displaced civilians at 1.8 million, and those who have traveled to the region to minister in the name of Christ to the suffering state that hearts are hungry not only for food, but also for spiritual truth as they seek answers and hope in the midst of persecution.